POSTED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 4:00am
UPDATED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 4:04am
Baton Rouge, LA (NBC33) — The River Center was turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, to help fans of The Walking Dead connect to one of their favorite entertainment franchises.
The Walking Dead Escape  allowed fans a unique, immersive experience.
Hundreds of people took part, either as Walkers, Survivors, or Spectators.
Many showed up because of their affinity for the TV show, while others showed up because of their love of zombie culture.
"My wife and I were even married on Halloween," Wayne Gilbert said, "so we get into this kind of thing."
Gilbert participated as a Walker, or zombie. He and the other Walkers spent more than an hour getting makeup applied by a professional makeup team. They stalked the Survivors, whose goal was to run through the obstacle course without being infected. Spectators were able to watch the action from the side of the course.
"Everyone has a way they project themselves into this post-apocalyptic world," said David Isaacs, president of Skybound, which publishes the Walking Dead comic and produced the tour, "and I think whatever one works for you, we have that ready for you."
Baton Rouge was the first stop on the Walking Dead Escape national tour. It will be in Houston at Relaint Stadium on Saturday, and in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans May 24.